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How to style a white contemporary sideboard to look at its best

A sideboard really is a staple piece of furniture for dining rooms and living rooms offering both style and valuable storage space for all the items you want to keep tucked away. However, it also provides a perfect surface for the things that you do want on display like lamps and candle holders or for hanging canvas paintings and clocks above.

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Why choose a white sideboard? 

With any large piece of furniture, white works beautifully to keep your space looking bright and open. In terms of colour, a white contemporary sideboard also offers a wonderful blank canvas for creating a contract against colour and other pieces of furniture. Go for all white furniture for a sleek, coordinated look or add it to a room with reclaimed wooden furniture for a modern twist.

Windsor Large White Sideboard with table lamps and wall clock

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Ways of styling your sideboard

The beauty of a white sideboard is that it can be paired with whatever contemporary home decor your heart desires. Go for something simple or dramatic - either way, a white sideboard is the perfect accompaniment. 

White is a great colour if you are looking to create a glamorous decor scheme. For this style, add a stylish table lamp with a large luxurious shade. If you are looking for understated style, you can leave it there but you could also add more light by adding candle holders and tea lights.

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There are also plenty of options for on the wall above your sideboard. A canvas painting or contemporary large clocks are a great choice to create a focal point in your room. A large wall clock is a great statement piece for any room. If you go for a white sideboard, a dark grey or black metal frame will create a stunning contrast and is bound to be a talking point - the perfect blend of classic and contemporary, industrial style.

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Alternatively, a gorgeous canvas will look fantastic for a more classic look. Our collection of canvases come in a range of style and would look fantastic in any colour scheme. With a large sideboard, you could even place two smaller canvases side by side.

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To find the perfect white sideboard for your living room or dining room, shop the sideboards collection at Modish Living or get in touch with our team.

How to get a Scandinavian dining room perfect for get-togethers

Entertaining family and friends should be a breeze with our tastefully decorated dining room ideas, and we think the Scandinavian style has everything you need. Welcoming and comfortable, yet classy enough for formal dining, we think after reading this post, you’ll have to agree.

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What is the Scandinavian Style?

The concept originates from the 1950s and is a collection of styles from Scandinavian countries that focuses on three key attributes with the interior design scheme: simplicity, functionality and affordability.

In other words, you add character and personality to a room without adding clutter or ‘stuff’ that detracts the eye. The furniture, its shape, form, practical function and colour is the component that is the centre of attention. Everything else in the room should frame it, from the colour on the walls to the fabrics used.

Find out more about the Scandinavian style here.

The Perfection of a Scandinavian Dining Room

Scandinavian is a style that works throughout the home but is perfect for the dining room. Here, we show you how to get it right in your home.

Before you start…

Prepare the canvas of the room by whitewashing the walls and ceiling. If you don’t want the room completely devoid of colour, think neutral tones with barely any colour and stick with simple, classic colour themes such as monochrome.

The Main Player – the Dining Table

It is the table and its chairs that will be the focus of a dining room and choosing a key piece is essential to the whole style of the space.

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Natural materials are key, so it makes sense that a wooden dining table is the must-have key piece. Lighter woods, such as tactile oak dining table would also work well.

In terms of chairs, high backed chairs that complement the setting are perfect. For a truly rustic addition to the style, opt for a wooden dining bench.

Supporting Acts

Although minimalism is part and parcel of the overall design scheme, you still need it to be functional – somewhere to store crockery and cutlery, as well as adding depth, texture and interest to a room.

A wooden sideboard is the ideal addition. With spacious drawers and cupboard space, you can keep things that are essential for get-togethers.

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Although you don’t want clutter, there are times when you have items and accessories that add to the overall appeal. As well as books, this wooden bookcase makes the perfect non-fuss addition to the dining room.

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Now Add Texture

wall clock is a practical addition and the black metal finish of this wall clock works well in your monochrome, Scandinavian scheme.

But there are some accessories that add beauty to a space as much as anything. Candles on a dining table are a must, creating a welcoming glow as you while away the hours with family and friends.

We love the tapered shape of these contemporary candle holders. But if you something slender, these contemporary pod-shaped candle holders are a must. As well as shape, the pewter contemporary candle holders add a certain elegance to any Scandinavian dining table.

The Fabrics

Fabrics add warmth to a room, as well as a note of interest. Soften any starkness you feel may haunt your Scandinavian interior design scheme with natural fabrics. Animal skin throws along with a large sheepskin rug are practical, affordable and simple – exactly the three key attributes you need to create this style for your dining room.

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It’s really not that difficult to create the Scandinavian style in your dining room – just follow the process above and you’ll soon be dining in style.

Add a Stunning Woven Texture in Your Home

For anyone keen on styling their home, an understanding of the seven principles of interior design is essential. Space, line, form, light, colour, pattern and texture emphasise the focal point in a space. That means adding a key element that draws attention to itself.

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Texture is an easy way of adding emphasis to a room or space, both in the home and in outside areas too.

The Texture of Rattan

Rattan is a fast-growing plant that is sustainable and once dried and woven, produces furniture and other items that is not only of exceptional quality but superior strength too. It can have a smaller, more delicate weave or pattern or, as in some cases we illustrate below, it can be larger, chunkier and more robust in its finish.

Rattan Furniture for the Outdoors

Because of its strength and ability to withstand all kinds of weather, rattan garden furniture is an increasingly popular choice in garden across the country.

Trends for the outdoor space for the coming summer season is for a laid-back approach to rattan garden furniture – opt for loungers or hammocks, bringing a relaxed approached to seating in the garden.

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The rattan sofa, both stylish yet neutral, will work well on the patio or in the conservatory, with the weave of the rattan inviting people to take a seat and relax a while too.

For a higher chair that is both relaxed seating and perfect as an al fresco dining chair, there are a range of rattan garden chairs that fit the bill. As well as texture, rattan pieces tend to bring earthy yet neutral tones to a space, perfect for any garden space. We like to think of rattan furniture as deceptively simple.

Chilgrove PE Rattan Garden Chair with Cushion for Outdoors

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Perfect for the Conservatory

Rattan is a material commonly associated with the conservatory. Deceptively lightweight but brilliantly robust, rattan doesn’t warp or weaken with heat hence, a firm favourite for the conservatory or the orangery.

A pair of Grey Wash Rattan Armchairs with Cream Cushion in conservatory room

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Whitewash rattan conservatory furniture adds style and neutral colour to a space, whereas the pair of grey wash rattan chair with cream cushions adds texture and colour without being distracting.

Dining in Style and With Style

Rattan is to just for the patio or the conservatory. As a material, it is a stunning addition round the dining table.

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No matter what your style – contemporary, rustic industrial or farmhouse country chic – the wood dining table, complete with large weave rattan high-backed dining chairs and soft, cream coloured cushions is simply perfection. Where else will you find a dining table with such character?

Rattan in the Bedroom

Want something different but still within budget? Want a bed frame that makes a statement, packs a punch but without being overly quirky or so eclectic that it is a bespoke piece that is too individual to be part of any design scheme other than its own?

Country Maya Rattan Sleigh Bed

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The rattan bed frame is the ideal solution – different without being ‘odd’, it has a warmth to its appearance, as well as being stylish and the centre of attention.

In our minds, there is no doubt that rattan is one of the best materials for use in and outside of the home, offering an elegance, stylish texture that is perfect, no matter the design or trend.